Number 507 ...................15th January 2022
A big thank you to all of the members of the KISU family who have enquired about my health. I feel that I have been lucky in that my symptoms from COVID did not last that long. I did feel very tired for a week after testing negative. I am now feeling back to normal.A really warm welcome to the 29 new students who have joined KISU this term. I am sure they will settle in really quickly and that they will enjoy their time with us.
Hybrid or Blended learning is what people in education call the mixture of face to face and online learning. This is what we are currently offering at KISU. We currently have just over 86% of our students back in school and we know that a number are planning to return next week. We will continue to offer online learning - for the time being - to classes that have students still missing. However, once all of the students in a class have returned then online learning will no longer be an option. Individual classes will be informed when this happens. Families of students who are online also have to understand that some classes are not appropriate for online lessons. For example there can be no online alternative for a swimming lesson or for a science practical. Teachers will do everything they can to make sure that our online students' learning progresses but it will not be exactly the same as those physically in class. Whether a student returns to school or not is a family decision but I would encourage as many families as possible to send their children back to school as there is no doubt that this is the best way to learn.
We have been working hard on the reopening of school but we also have to look forward to next year. The first thing that we need to decide upon is the calendar. Here is the calendar for the academic year 2022/23.
Reintroduction of clubs
PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS
Students seeking to improve their playing or singing ability have the option of taking individual private lessons for an additional fee. We offer intensive weekly instruction in voice, keyboard, wind, string, and percussion instruments. Students may study piano, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, modern drums, African drums, recorder, violin, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, flute, trombone and African Xylophone. Registrations are underway and forms can be obtained from the reception office, primary office, or secondary music room. A minimum of ten lessons is required for registration at a fee of USHS 50,000 per lesson. Violin lessons fees are at USHS 60,000/=
KISU is a centre for Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Examinations that are taken annually. The ABRSM examiners come out here for about a week from the United Kingdom to assess our students on various instruments of their choice including voice, piano, recorder, guitar, flute, and clarinet. If you need more information regarding the ABRSM examinations, please contact me on 0774 655864. Dr. Benon Kigozi, Head of Creative Arts and Head of Music
Primary awards this week are for children who have exceeded in terms of caring. The following children have been selected to receive certificates from their teachers:
Year 6: Baran Fazeli
Year 5: Ahmed Tawfeek, Louisa Joy Muga
Year 4: Azad Biratu; Poorna Sen
Year 3: Trinity Frances
Year 2: Mukisa Kiwanuka
Year 1: Ninsiima Okelo
Reception: Jolina Mynsberghe
KG3: Anir Damani
KG2: Luke Rogers
Specialist Teachers have also chosen pupils in their subject area who have stood out this week for the following reasons:
Primary Musician of the Week is Dianne (Year 5) for showing enthusiasm for all the music lessons this week while singing, playing the recorder notes taught correctly and confidently exploring rhythm and performance.
Primary Sportsperson of the Week is Blessed (Year 6) for his outstanding effort in lessons this week. Keep it up.
Primary Information Technologist of the Week is Baran Fazeli for describing mobile device applications well. Great attitude to your learning Baran.
Primary Artist of the Week is Dima Ahmad for carving a beautiful Egyptian symbol on balsa foam.
Primary French Speaker of the Week is Baran Fazeli for active participation in class and speaking confidently during lessons.
Well done to all award winners and especially to Baran who has had an extremely successful week!
It’s been really nice to have most of the Year 6’s back this week. It’s beginning to feel a lot more like a normal school year! Students had their first swimming lesson this week, their first in-person KS2 choir practice, and to many of the Year 6 student’s delight, football season has begun! To carry on with the many fun ‘back-in-school’ activities this term, the Year 6 students will be giving their House Captain speeches next week. For many of the Year 6 students (two captains per house) this is an opportunity to take on a significant leadership role within the larger community. For those not selected by their houses to represent them, there will be plenty of other opportunities to take on leadership roles throughout the rest of the year, such as: student council, sports, participation in theme weeks, etc!
Secondary Outdoor Ed.
Secondary Merit Awards
Year 7 Tanish and Caroline
Year 8 Arisha and Liam
Year 9 Half of the year group have the same number of merits - well done!
Year 10 Sheeba
Year 11 Matias
DP1 Herbert and Aron
DP2 Noza, Anne P, Carlton, Ansh and Dishin.
The highest number of merits this week in the Secondary school were awarded to
Tanish and Caroline.